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The Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has completed a two-year project in cooperation with the CIA and State Department aimed at shaping the U.S. intelligence infrastructure to meet the emerging security threats of the 21st Century. “Strategic Issues for Intelligence in the 21st Century” is the most comprehensive unclassified review of the U.S. intelligence community since 9/11.
The final conference, the last in a five-part series, focused on the consumers of intelligence and included panelists such as Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor; Bob Graham, former chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; Jon Kringen, Deputy Director for Intelligence at the CIA; and Rich Falkenrath, former special assistant to the President for Homeland Security. Joseph Nye, former dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center, both former assistant secretaries of defense, also addressed the group. Participants included over 100 representatives from throughout the intelligence community, including the National Laboratories, the FBI, and the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. In addition, numerous foreign governments were represented.
Previous sessions explored cooperation among government agencies, reorganization of the intelligence community, and the role of science and technology in intelligence.
The sessions will result in a series of models to be made available to the new Director of National Intelligence, Congress and the public, defining options for the structure of the intelligence community as it should look in the year 2020.
“The intelligence community was designed to meet the challenge of a different age and is now playing catch up,” said Elaine Kamarck, a lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School and organizer of the conference. “Creating a road map of where we need to be to meet the threats of tomorrow is essential and must take into account the many players in the intelligence game—classified and unclassified, domestic and international, official and unofficial.”
The conference was presented by the Global Futures Partnership of the CIA’s Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis; the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research; and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Details on the proceedings of the conference and white papers from previous sessions will be made available in the coming months.
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Elaine Kamarck and Brent Skowcroft